Salvo Links 02-13-2017

On Living Well: Five Lessons from Antonin Scalia
by Ryan J. Walsh for National Review

Manipulating science news
Politics is not the only place to look for ‘fake news”
by Heather Zeiger for Mercatornet

I was no Trump fan. But this hysteria is hypocritical.
by Jonathon van Maren for

NOTE: To further encourage your reading of the first article (it’s excellent), these are the five lessons:
1. Be honest, even in the small things, and even when it makes life more difficult.
2. Engage with counterarguments.
3. Prepare yourself to make a hard choice, should your conscience ever require it.
4. Prepare yourself to make a hard choice, should your conscience ever require it.
5. “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Salvo Links 1.19.2017

Twenty-Six Reasons Why Genesis 1:1 Is the Most Offensive Verse in the Bible
By Daniel J. Phillips, PJ Media

VIDEO: New Lies in Planned Parenthood’s Sex Trafficking Cover-Up
Planned Parenthood lied to the media about retraining thousands of staff how to report child sex trafficking
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The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between
A new book by Greg Koukl

4 Recent Examples Show Why No One Trusts Media Coverage Of Trump
The media would like to imagine themselves heroes in their war with Trump. If they don’t improve quickly, they’ll fail in their task.
By Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist

Blue Religion Is Blue

A recent Reddit post has been getting around and I think it worth sharing here as it might resonate with Salvo readers. This anonymous writer points out reasons for the intense negative emotions many celebrities are feeling in this current political landscape.

. . . The left is used to losing political battles. They scream and cry over these but they don’t truly panic, because they know that as long as they maintain their hammerlock on the culture, Republicans can’t really change anything.

Blue Team Progressivism is a church, offering you moral superiority and a path to spiritual enlightenment. As a church it’s got a lot going for it. It runs religious programming on television, all day every day. Every modern primetime program is like a left-wing Andy Griffith show, reinforcing lessons of inclusion, tolerance, feminism, and anti-racism.

Watching a 90-pound Sci-Fi heroine beat up a room full of giant evil men is as satisfying to the left as John Wayne westerns were for the right.

The Blue Church controls the HR department, so even if you don’t go to church, you have to act like a loyal churchgoer in every way that matters while you’re on the clock. And off the clock, on any kind of public social media platform.

Jon Stewart and John Oliver are basically TV preachers. Watching them gives the same sense of quiet superiority your grandma gets from watching The 700 Club. The messages are constantly reinforced, providing that lovely dopamine hit, like an angel’s voice whispering, “You’re right, you’re better, you’re winning.” . . .

For the first time in decades, voters explicitly rejected the Blue Church, defying hours of daily cultural programming, years of indoctrination from the schools, and dozens of explicit warnings from HR.

We’ve been trained since childhood to obey the pretty people on TV, but for the first time in decades, that didn’t work. . . .

Well put. This notion of leftism as religion is an apt one. I would like to point you to a great Touchstone article that details how this is so. The author starts out explaining how Marxism could be viewed as a religion, and goes from there.

Liberalism as Religion
The Culture War Is Between Religious Believers on Both Sides
by Howard P. Kainz

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Until recently, the most notable example of a secular movement that was, for all practical purposes, a religion, was Marxism. During the global expansion of Marxism in the twentieth century, many critics noted its religious and quasi-religious characteristics (see, for instance, chapter XVI, “The Emergence of the Secular Kingdom of God,” in my Democracy and the “Kingdom of God”).

For example, Marxism had dogmas, core teachings that all Marxists embraced. Among these were “economic determinism,” the doctrine that politics, culture, and ethics were necessary extensions of economic relations; and the “dictatorship of the proletariat,” a necessary historical stage in the inevitable transformation of capitalism into socialism. Such dogmas were laid out in Marxism’s canonical scriptures, which included Das Kapital, The Communist Manifesto, The Little Red Book of Mao Tse Tung, and other official Marxist-Leninist works of the mid-twentieth century.

Marxist orthodoxy was safeguarded by its priests and theologians, who taught the requisite dogmas and presided over the ritualistic observances, principally workers’ strikes, especially general strikes . Throughout Marxist regimes, ideological police and government censors saw that the dogmas found their way into factories and neighborhood organizations and newspapers. Local communes functioned like parochial congregations, and vied with one another for fidelity to socialism, while the ideal of the Third International replaced the Christian image of the Church Militant. In academe, philosophy professors studiously promoted adherence to dialectical materialism (“Diamat”) as the common creed.

Deviations from dogma, i.e., heresies, needed to be suppressed. Things associated with the two great heresies, traditional religion and capitalism, were banned and demonized. Traditional religion, the “opiate of the masses” in Karl Marx’s famous phrase, had to be religiously abolished for the success of scientific socialism. Capitalism, particularly as expressed through private ownership of the means of production, had to be abandoned in favor of the foresight and “five-year plans” of state-controlled hierarchies. Orthodox Marxists had meticulously to avoid such sins as expropriating “surplus value” from an army of oppressed workers, preaching rewards in an afterlife to the proletariat, or settling into the life of a pure consumer removed from the struggles of workers. The wayward were corrected in mandated “reeducation” camps; those found intractable to correction were frequently subjected to excommunication from the party, exile, and even execution.

There was even an eschatology: After the earlier evolutionary stages of capitalism and the dictatorship of the proletariat, the “end times” would come, characterized by a new state of consciousness in “communist man,” who would live in a cooperative, crime-less, international community, without any vestiges of dehumanizing labor; and a hagiography, which included generally accepted revolutionary saints, such as Marx, Engels, and Lenin, as well as some venerated by select or local groups, such as Bakunin and Trotsky.

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Further reading from Salvo:

Gimme That Spacetime Religion: Seeking Salvation in Science by Regis Nicoll

Faith Removal: Militant Science & Apostle Krauss by Regis Nicoll

Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer

This movie about “Dr.” Kermit Gosnell has been made (by the makers of FrackNation). They can’t get it released and shown, yet.

The filmmakers will be presenting their story, and book, on January 25, 2017 at the Heritage Foundation in D.C.

Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer

In 2013, Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted of killing four people, including three babies, but is thought to have killed hundreds, perhaps thousands more in a 30-year killing spree. ABC News correspondent Terry Moran described Gosnell as “America’s most prolific serial killer.” Gosnell is currently serving three life sentences (without the possibility of parole) for murdering babies and patients at his “House of Horrors” abortion clinic.

Gosnell – now a major movie starring Dean Cain (Lois & Clarke) – reveals how the investigation that brought Gosnell to justice started as a routine drug investigation and turned into a shocking unmasking of America’s biggest serial killer. It details how compliant politicians and bureaucrats allowed him to carry out his grisly trade because they didn’t want to be accused of “attacking abortion.” Gosnell also exposes the media cover-up that saw reporters refusing to cover a story that shone an unwelcome spotlight on abortion in America in the 21st Century.

You can visit the indiegogo page for the Gosnell movie to watch a video from the movie’s creators.

You can read more about “Dr.” Gosnell in the Salvo online archives.

Killing with Blindness
Abortion After Dr. Gosnell
by Marcia Segelstein

Whether the shocking revelations of what took place in Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic in Philadelphia will ultimately be viewed as a turning point on the issue of abortion remains to be seen. At the very least, the horrors revealed have prompted many commentators and lawmakers to reconsider the fine line between late-term abortion and infanticide. Pulling back the curtain on what can—and does—happen in abortion clinics makes the discomfiting reality that abortion is the killing of babies harder to evade.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison for snipping the necks of babies who had been born alive during late-term abortions performed at his facility. But, as the Christian Post starkly put it, “if Gosnell had killed the fetuses before delivering them, his actions would have been legal.”1 Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, believes that with the Gosnell trial, “people are forced to confront the icky factor of abortion, of what abortion really is.” She wonders whether, as a result, people will see the “logical fallacies” of abortion.2 If followers of the grisly trial felt squeamish about what happened to those babies outside the womb, how would they feel knowing the details of what happens inside during legal abortions? As Kirsten Powers, a pro-choice columnist for USA Today wrote,

“Regardless of . . . whether Gosnell was killing the infants one second after they left the womb instead of partially inside or completely inside the womb—as in a routine late-term abortion—is merely a matter of geography. That one is murder and the other is a legal procedure is morally irreconcilable.3″

While Powers’s issue is with late-term abortions (typically defined as beyond 16–18 weeks), the same concerns exist no matter what stage of pregnancy a woman is in.

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Top 10 Salvo Articles Online in 2016

salvo-201610. Sexicide
Porn Is Killing Sexual Intimacy for Its Users
by Russell D. Moore

9. Vacating Freud
Recovering Soul Identity in Light of the Gospel
by Terrell Clemmons

8. IVF & Its Victims
by Marcia Segelstein

7. ETI In the Sky
What the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life Means for Us
by Hugh Ross

6. Our Quantum Leap
There Is a Huge Chasm Between Humans & Nonhuman Animals
by Michael Egnor

5. Pandora’s Nursery
Adults Raised by Gays Take Up the Cause of Children’s Rights
by Terrell Clemmons

4. Faith Removal
Militant Science & Apostle Krauss
by Regis Nicoll

3. Doctors Delusional
Transgender Disorder & Really Bad Psychiatry
by Boris Vatel

2. Mind Control
Safeguarding Yours from the Modern Cult of Experts
by Terrell Clemmons

1. Porn Free
Continence Is the Sine Qua Non of Masculine Love
by Terrell Clemmons

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The “Pagan Origins of Christmas” . . . a Myth Without Historical Substance

HiResThis Christmas season, you’ll likely have some holiday-sweater-wearing, nog-breathed, know-it-all regale you with this buzzkill of a story. Well fear not, dear reader. After checking out this article from Touchstone, you can face down the Grinch in question with your Christmas cheer well intact.

Calculating Christmas
The Story Behind December 25
by William J. Tighe

Many Christians think that Christians celebrate Christ’s birth on December 25th because the church fathers appropriated the date of a pagan festival. Almost no one minds, except for a few groups on the fringes of American Evangelicalism, who seem to think that this makes Christmas itself a pagan festival. But it is perhaps interesting to know that the choice of December 25th is the result of attempts among the earliest Christians to figure out the date of Jesus’ birth based on calendrical calculations that had nothing to do with pagan festivals.

Rather, the pagan festival of the “Birth of the Unconquered Sun” instituted by the Roman Emperor Aurelian on 25 December 274, was almost certainly an attempt to create a pagan alternative to a date that was already of some significance to Roman Christians. Thus the “pagan origins of Christmas” is a myth without historical substance.

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